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Interview with Hair Transplant Specialist, Plastic Surgeon Ilker Apaydin

Interview with Hair Transplant Specialist, Plastic Surgeon Ilker Apaydin

Ilker Apaydin is one of the leading plastic surgeons in Turkey and Europe. He specializes in hair transplantation. The doctor’s experience is over 20 years. Ilker Apaydin is fluent in all modern hair transplant technologies. He performs hair transplantation on the head, in the area of the eyebrows and beard. Patients often turn to him after previous unsuccessful transplants in their countries. The doctor conducts active scientific work and participates in the activities of prestigious international associations of plastic and reconstructive surgeons. He has a lot of positive feedback from patients.


Maria Chabdaeva is the founder and director of the international company Beauty by Experts Medical. She successfully works in the field of organizing treatment abroad. Maria conducts personal monitoring of all clinics and communicates with leading doctors. Therefore, Beauty by Experts Medical recommends only trusted certified clinics and experienced doctors with high success rates.



About Successful Hair Transplant Experience

  • Good afternoon, Dr. Ilker. I’m very glad to see you. Tell us please, how long have you been doing hair transplantation? How many surgeries have you performed?

Hello Maria, it’s very nice that you’ve come. I have been doing hair transplantation for over 20 years. During this time, I managed to do over 8,000 successful procedures. As well, I am very pleased to note that among my patients there are many patients for whom Beauty by Experts Medical helped to organize a trip.


  • From which countries people come to you for a hair transplant?

The geography of my patients includes almost all continents. I can say for sure that these are residents of more than 40 countries. There are many patients from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, other countries of Eastern and Western Europe, Central Asia, and Balkan countries.


  • This fact is undeniably impressive. It turns out that patients come to you because they know that everything will be safe and of high quality, right?

The best reward for me and my team is when the patient is satisfied with our work. Therefore, we all together do our best to meet their wishes as much as possible. I do not trust anyone with preliminary diagnostics. I personally carry out 3D modeling. This allows to get to know the patient better, which ultimately has a positive effect on the result. I can say that we continue to communicate with some of our patients for many years. We became family. And I really appreciate it.


  • Ilker, have you calculated the success rate of the hair transplants you performed?

Maria, of course, we definitely keep these statistics. This is where I can brag. For all the time that I perform hair transplantation, there were no complaints. All patients were satisfied. This gives me confidence and the realization that I am doing everything right.


  • This is truly an amazing result. Bravo, doctor. Tell us about your meeting with the patient.

I can say that for all members of my team, the patient comes first. We are working together to ensure that the entire procedure, from the first meeting to parting, takes place in a comfortable atmosphere. I personally meet all patients, conduct conversations, and try to understand their needs.


  • Your medical staff does not change and you have been working together for a long time, right?

Yes, Maria, you got it right. Our team has not changed for many years. We are all happy about it. We are already like a family. The work of a nurse is of great importance. She should assist during the operation, patient care, support, and attention. A lot depends on her too. My assistant has been with me for 15 years. Other members of the team have also been working with us for a long time, some of them – for 5, some – for 10 years.

So far so good, I hope it continues to be the same. We have long since learned to understand each other without further ado. Of course, this suggests that we have a well-coordinated friendly team and we all work in the interests of our patients. This is the most important thing.

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About Hair Transplant Surgery

  • I know that hair transplantation is a very urgent operation now. Many people think about it, but do not know how everything happens. Our patients will be interested to know how you perform it.

Hair transplantation is performed by 2 methods: FUE and FUT. I do both. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. FUT technology involves taking a donor skin flap with a sufficient number of follicles from the back of the patient’s head, which we then transplant into the desired area. This is the earliest technique by which all transplants were previously performed.

The FUE method consists of extracting the hair follicles separately one by one using a special tool – a punch. We implant hair follicles using the DHI technique. This is the most modern way of transplantation. We use a special tool that looks like a ballpoint pen – Choi Pen.


  • It turns out that the FUT technique is more traumatic. How relevant is it now, when FUE technology already exists?

Maria, you are right. In a sense, FUT is a more traumatic method. But I wouldn’t write it off. Because it is this method that allows to perform a high-quality transplant for patients with a strong percentage of alopecia. Therefore, I calculate the amount of patient’s hair that can be transplanted in one procedure, and then together we make a decision on the choice of method.


  • It turns out that the FUT method, although earlier, is still relevant?

I find FUT to be a very effective method for those patients who don’t have enough donor hair. With this technique, about 90% of patients have the opportunity to get thick and beautiful hair.


  • Can patients find out about the method you will use before coming to the clinic?

Maria, of course, your patients can find out in advance how we will perform the operation. This is easy to do if you send us good pictures through your consultants. We have worked together with coordinators of Beauty by Experts Medical on several occasions. I remember that the patients were very satisfied.


  • Thank you, doctor. We really appreciate your words. Many patients wonder how painful is hair transplantation? What will you tell them?

I want to tell all your patients that this is a completely painless procedure. They certainly won’t suffer from pain. We use very high-quality local anesthesia. The only unpleasant moment that can be is an anesthetic injection. And that’s it. Further, our patients do not experience any pain. We have created very comfortable conditions. They can read, watch TV, and chat with friends. Believe it or not, some even fall asleep. So you don’t have to worry about pain. We will not allow this.

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About recovery after a hair transplant

  • Ilker, how long will the rehabilitation period after surgery last for patients?

Usually, this is a short period. It may take up to 2 weeks.


  • What recommendations on behavior do you give in the first days after transplantation?

I always ask patients to be careful at least during the first 2 weeks after surgery. The fact is that immediately after transplantation, donor hair is very sensitive and highly susceptible to trauma. On the second day, we teach our patients how to properly wash their hair and take care of their hair. I would also add that you should not get involved in weight lifting and active sports in the first 10-14 days. Then everything is possible.


  • Doctor, when can patients return to their normal lives?

Already on the second day, patients can lead a normal life: drive a car, work, and do household chores. There are no restrictions.


  • Should you protect your hair from the sun?

Yes, sure. But this recommendation can apply to anyone who wants to keep their hair healthy and beautiful. We give detailed recommendations on how to protect your hair from exposure to sunlight.


  • Ilker, when will the patient see the final result? How long do you have to wait?

I will say right away that nothing special should be expected in the first days. Moreover, patients may find hair loss. I want to warn you that this is normal. It should be so, you should not be afraid of this. Real hair will start to appear in about 3 months. From now on, they will become thicker every month by 10%. Patients will be able to admire beautiful thick hair in a year.


  • Are there cases when the transplanted hair can fall out? And if so, how likely is a reoperation?

Maria, after hair transplantation, 10% of donor grafts fall out. This is a natural process. We take this into account, so we transplant hair with “plenty to spare” so that after falling out they are enough. But this procedure will save the patient for the rest of his life from all the problems associated with baldness.

We have been doing hair transplants for a long time. Our patients are 100% satisfied and none of them needed a second transplant. I will say more, many wrote and called me with words of gratitude, saying that after the operation their life changed dramatically. I am happy to read and hear this.

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How is it possible to go for a hair transplant operation with Ilker Apaydin?

To travel to Ilker Apaidin for hair transplantation, you need to contact the coordinators of Beauty by Experts Medical at the phone numbers listed on the website. You can also apply on this page. Specialists will help you quickly prepare all the necessary documents, including pictures that will be given to the doctor.

Beauty by Experts Medical recommends only clinics verified by the director Maria Chabdaeva and the best specialists with whom she personally communicated. All clinics have passed quality control and have a lot of positive feedback from patients.

Coordinators of Beauty by Experts Medical will book tickets and hotel rooms and will be in touch at all stages of your stay in Turkey during a hair transplant with Ilker Apaydin. The support of coordinators of Beauty by Experts Medical and the professionalism of one of the best hair transplant specialists, Ilker Apaydin, will help change your appearance and life for the better.

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